Bowel cancer

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Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer.

Causes:  Most cases of bowel cancer first develop inside clumps of cells on the inner lining of the bowel. These clumps are known as polyps. However, if you develop polyps, it does not necessarily mean you will get bowel cancer.

 Age – 9/10 cases of bowel cancer in the UK are diagnosed in people over the age of 60.

Family history – having a history of bowel cancer in your family can increase


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